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Legislative solutions are needed for climate change in Indiana

Legislative solutions are needed for climate change in Indiana

Climate change action demanded by Indiana students; lawmakers say 'no'

Indiana legislators are leading Hoosiers down a dangerous path. They refuse listen to Hoosiers urgent concerns about climate changes and the need for more renewable energy access. They instead pursue dangerous and costly schemes for special interests.

This is nothing new for the legislature, but it has become more urgent because of the passage time. The climate crisis has reached “code red for humanity,” according to the latest United Nations climate report. Purdue University says climate change has already led to increased extreme rainfall events, reduced agricultural production, more intense droughts, and heatwaves throughout Indiana.

Climate Crisis: Take ActionA high school student-led statewide organization,, spent months gathering support to legislative climate action from public officials. This coalition of 80 organizations and Hoosiers across Indiana was formed by students. They collected nearly 22,000 signatures.A petitionCalling for climate legislation and working to get it introduced in both the Senate and House by representatives from both parties. Their bills were not given a hearing.

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In the meantime, the chair of so-called 21st Century Energy Policy Task ForceThe government refuses to permit any discussion about climate change. But legislators are always open to hearing from special interests in fossil fuels and nuclear industry.

Wendy Bredhold

This 2022 legislative sessionHowever, legislators refuse to hear:

● SB 255: Would have established a Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force.

● SCR 3: A resolution acknowledging the impacts of climate change.

● HB 1287: Would have created a climate change commission.

● SB 248, HB 1304: Bills that would have restored fair credit for extra electricity generated by Hoosier’s own rooftop solar panels.

● SB314, HB1136: Bills that would have extended net metering.

● SB 313 and HB1250: Would have required monopoly utilities to build and provide access to community solar projects.

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